These are two little girls who like to wear fairy wings with their rain boots.
The oldest has ringlets in all the tawny colors of sun-baked wheat.
The youngest one has pale blond curls sticking up around her head like a new chick's down.
Their mother has some of each kind of color and curl in her hair.
This sweet Mama wanted to give her children dolls. She knew how special a Waldorf doll can be for a growing, imaginative little child.
A doll is "one if the most important toys for boys and girls alike, as it is an image of the human being...." (From The Children's Year.)
"They are real 'child dolls' not because they mimic exactly the features and form of an individual as many of the tough plastic toys available today try to do, but because they reflect the inner softness and warmth both of their maker and their owner." (From Making Waldorf Dolls.)
"When they are fashioned simply, they make the entire range of human appearance possible through the child's imagination." (From Toymaking With Children.)
I sat in my sunny kitchen while I sewed the dolls' hair on.
I thought about the children they would belong to as I stitched.
The mama let the girls pick out fabrics for the dolls from what they could see in pictures from my studio.
And then they were done. The dolls are traveling to meet their girls now. They are made with love and care. I think you can feel that when you hold a Waldorf doll.
Soon they will come to life. That happens when a child holds a doll in her arms, gives her a name, and begins to love her.